For Friday, December 21, 2001

Friday, December 21, 2001

Psalm 96:1-6

O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.

My mother was a singer. I'm not talking about a trained professional who sang for a living, although she was always a member of the church choir and was often called upon to sing solos. I'm talking about a person who was so filled with music that almost everything she heard reminded her of a song. It might be a hymn or an anthem from many years ago or something off the hit parade from her teenaged years. We might be in the middle of the Upper Room devotional at breakfast or in the middle of a conversation, when Mama's contribution was a portion of a song that came to mind and was joyfully voiced. She frequently made up nonsense songs for her children and grandchildren. My mother was a happy person and a joy to be with. I'm fully convinced that part of the reason that this was so is that her heart was filled with song and she shared her music with others.

Advent is such a joyful season and a part of that joy is the music. Christmas carols proclaim the good news of Christ's birth. "Joy to the world! The Lord is come." "O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant." "There's a song in the air!" There's a star in the sky!" We don't have to be trained vocalists to make a joyful noise.

We don't have to stand in the congregation with open hymnals afraid to open our mouths for fear that we might sing a wrong note. We can lift up our voices in joy and praise to the Father who sent us His Son.

Prayer: Dear Lord, during this beautiful season fill our hearts with song. We lift our voices in joy and thanksgiving for the unequaled gift of your Son. Amen.

Suzanne Sheppard